Round Patterns

This image is multi-tasking as my entry this week for both Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge with the theme of ‘Round’ and Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, where the subject is “Patterns‘.

It is a photograph of one of the magnificent crystal chandeliers in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, captured by setting my camera’s auto-timer and laying it on the floor of the prayer hall, pointing up at the ceiling.

Smooth as marble

Cee’s Fun ‘Foto’ Challenge this week has the theme of ‘Smooth’.

The well-known phrase ‘smooth as monumental alabaster’ (from Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’)came to mind when I saw that. I’m not sure whether these mosaic flowers are set in alabaster or ‘just’ marble, but I do know that it’s part of the ornate decoration of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and that it’s very smooth.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smooth

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Floor

Inspired by his own DIY project, Frank has selected the topic of ‘Floor’ for this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge.

This is a detail of a mosaic floor in the main prayer hall of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Floor

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Last week in response to Cee’s Black & White theme of sculpture I posted an image of some statuary from the Basilica San Marco. This week’s topic is glass and here is another image from a religious edifice, in this case the mind-bogglingly beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Glass

Domes

So is it arches you want for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week? Or domes?

Here’s an image with plenty of both – from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The figures at bottom right give an idea of scale.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Arches, Domes etc

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

The symmetrical curves of the arches in this cloister of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi are the epitome of ‘graceful’.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 7 – Time

This photograph was taken – as you can see – on New Year’s Day 2012, in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It shows the date on both the Gregorian and Islamic (Hijri) calendars, as well as the names, in Arabic, of the five daily prayers (the display alternates with the time that the prayers are to be said on that specific day).

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52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 7 – Time